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Families sometimes lose children to automobile accidents

There is a saying that says that parents should never outlive their children. Those who experience such a loss surely agree. When those losses occur due to automobile accidents, parents here in Ohio and elsewhere have no time to prepare themselves for this possibility -- not that knowing it is coming makes it any easier.

The sudden and violent nature of a death in a car accident comes as a shock to most people. When the death is that of a child, the tragedy only seems to deepen. This may be the case for members of one Ohio community. A 10-year-old girl died in a collision between the SUV she was in and an 18-wheeler.

Around midnight on Interstate 90 between State Route 615 and State Route 306, the semi struck the SUV. This caused the smaller vehicle to tumble down an embankment. The 10-year-old did not survive the injuries she suffered in the impact. The 37-year-old driver and another passenger, a 6-year-old child, survived and suffered serious injuries. At last report, both remained hospitalized in the intensive care units of two hospitals in the area.

The investigation into this accident remains ongoing. The truck driver did not suffer any injuries, and authorities have not yet determined whether he will face any charges in connection with the crash. Even if that does not change, the family of the deceased victim and the other child, along with the injured driver, may file wrongful death or personal injury claims, as appropriate, in an Ohio civil court seeking restitution for the financial losses that often arise out of automobile accidents.

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